March 9, 2016
Senior Maddy Blakeman scored three goals Wednesday in unranked Loyola's 7-6 upset of ninth-ranked Virginia. (John Strohsacker)
Senior Maddy Blakeman scored three goals Wednesday in unranked Loyola's 7-6 upset of ninth-ranked Virginia. (John Strohsacker)

Women's Roundup: Loyola, Georgetown Upset ACC Foes

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BALTIMORE — Loyola laid down a gauntlet to start its season, and the Greyhounds emerged with a big win Wednesday, defeating No. 9 Virginia 7-6 at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Loyola (2-4) scored the first four goals of the game, keeping the Cavaliers off the board for nearly 26 minutes before Kasey Behr converted a free position with 4:13 left in the first half.

Virginia (4-2) closed to within two midway through the second half, but consecutive goals by Hannah Powers and Cami Whiteford put the Greyhounds ahead 7-3 with 7:59 remaining.

The Cavaliers, plagued by turnovers, did not go down quietly. Virginia scored twice in a 34-second span and then pulled within one on Lilly DiNardo's unassisted goal at the 3:33 mark. Kelly Reese won the ensuing draw for the Cavaliers, but Maddy Lesher pressured her into Virginia's 18th turnover.


Loyola played keep-away the rest of the way, fending off eight Cavalier fouls in the final 1:34 to hold on for the upset. Senior Maddy Blakeman led the Greyhounds with three goals.

Loyola, the Patriot League favorite, enters conference play on a high note, its other win being a double-overtime victory over Johns Hopkins. The Greyhounds' losses are to No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 10 Penn State and No. 15 Towson.

Georgetown midfielder Kristen Bandos scored three goals and reeled in five draw controls, including the last one of the game to hold off Duke. (John Strohsacker)

Hoyas hold off Duke

Georgetown jumped out to a big lead early and survived a late Duke rally to upset the 16th-ranked Blue Devils 10-9 at Koskinen Stadium on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Kristen Bandos led the previously winless Hoyas (1-4) with three goals and five draw controls.

Duke won the first five draws of the game, but could not cash in on the possessions, allowing Georgetown to go up 5-0 in the first half. The Blue Devils cut the lead to three before halftime, but the Hoyas came out hot again in the second half. Freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst scored her second unassisted goal with 16:45 remaining to put Georgetown up 10-5.

Duke (4-4), which has had an up-and-down season after advancing to the NCAA semifinals last year, rallied with four unanswered goals in the last 13 minutes. Attacker Kyra Harney (three goals) converted a feed from attacker Kelci Smesko with 25 seconds left to pull the Blue Devils within one.

But Bandos won the ensuing draw and Georgetown ran out the clock to win.

Penn State rallies to avert upset in OT

Penn State rallied from four down to defeat James Madison 18-17 in overtime Wednesday in Harrisonburg, Va. Madison Carter scored six goals and Madison Cyr added four goals and two assists to lead the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions, who needed three goals in the final 6:50 to force overtime.

Penn State trailed the entire game, tied it at 17 on a goal by Steph Lazo with 5:46 remaining, peppered James Madison in the final minutes of regulation and then won it when Katie O'Donnell scored just 1:18 into overtime.

It was the Nittany Lions' first overtime win since March 18, 2012 (Vanderbilt).

Temple cruises to sixth straight win

Senior Rachel Schwaab scored four goals and added two assists, as Temple defeated Rutgers 16-9 on Wednesday. The Owls (6-1) have won six straight games since a season-opening 8-5 loss to now-No. 5 Louisville. They are averaging more than 15 and allowing just six goals per game during the streak.

Tripodi sets Cornell assists mark

Senior co-captain Emily Tripodi set Cornell's career assists record and led the unbeaten Big Red to a 9-8 win Wednesday over local rival Colgate. Both of Tripodi's assists, including her school record-breaking 92nd, were to Olivi Mattyasovsky The game was a back-and-forth affair with four lead changes before the visiting Big Red scored three unanswered goals in the second half to earn the victory and improve to 4-0, its best start since 2013.

Notre Dame sets several records in rout

Numerous Notre Dame records fell Wednesday, as the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish throttled Liberty 25-2 in Blacksburg, Va. Notre Dame's 25 goals tied a school record set against Cincinnati in 2014. The 22 draw controls broke a previous school record of 21 that had stood since 2006. Graduate student and Tewaaraton finalist Barbara Sullivan caused five turnovers to break the school's record of 122 previously held by Margaret Smith.

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